Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Henry Pfeiffer Chapel

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Institution Name: Pfeiffer University
Original/Historic Place Name: Henry Pfeiffer Chapel
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1942original construction Poundstone, Otis C.
Designer: Otis C. Poundstone
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: steel and wood with composition shingles
1942-present (2006)auditorium
1942-present (2006)chapel (site of religious, intellectual, and cultural events)
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building (music)

The campus chapel is named for the university's primary benefactor, Henry Pfeiffer, and has been referred to in several school publications as the "heart of the campus." There is little doubt that the Chapel embodies the current vision of the university to "be recognized as the model church-related institution preparing servant leaders for lifelong learning." The Henry Pfeiffer Chapel is the site of weekly religious and cultural events open to students, faculty, and staff campus wide.


Gore, Phyllis W. A Brief History of the Buildings of Pfeiffer College: 1885-1985. [Misenheimer, NC]: Pfeiffer College, 1985.

Hood, Davyd Foard. Pfeiffer Junior College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1999.

Master plan collection. 1957, 1958, 1961, 1967, 1968, and 2000. Archives, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC.


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